This section is from the book "The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation", by George Abbey. Also available from Amazon: The Balance Of Nature And Modern Conditions Of Cultivation.
The Common Ptarmigan or White Grouse (Lagopus mutus or vulgaris), Fig. 71, has the legs and feet thickly covered with hairlike feathers. It is ash-coloured in summer, but its hue changes to a pure white in winter. The flesh is dark coloured. It is found in most northern regions, such as the north of Scotland, principally among the mountains; but the numbers seen in the London market are chiefly imported from Norway and Sweden. The Ptarmigan's nest is a loosely constructed heap of twigs and grass, and contains from ten to fourteen eggs, of a reddish-white spotted with brown.
Fig. 71. - The Common Ptarmigan or White Grouse.